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Can You Tell Which Dorset Place Names Are Real?

It's time to see if you know your Scratchy Bottoms from your Tickly Passages. And that's not a euphemism.

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  1. 1. Which of these thoroughly made-up sounding villages genuinely exists?

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    Piddlehinton

    The wonderfully named Piddlehinton is home to the River Piddle and Piddle Valley School, not to mention the Dorset Piddle Microbrewery. The only piddle-related place you WON'T find there is Piddles Wood, which is actually next to Fiddleford (we promise we're not making this up).

    Piddlehinton
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  2. 2. And which of these laughably quaint-sounding villages is real?

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    Puddletown

    It may sound like something out of a Tolkien novel, but Puddletown is the real deal (like Piddlehinton it derives its name from the River Piddle).

    Puddletown
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  3. 3. The award for "Britain's Worst Place Name" went to which of these unlucky hamlets in 2012?

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    Shitterton

    If you're wondering why Shitterton has a sign carved from a gigantic block of Purbeck Stone, it's because the old sign kept getting stolen (and the residents eventually got so fed up they clubbed together to buy a less stealable version).

    Shitterton
    Via Flickr: hobler
  4. 4. Which of these Bottoms would you find in Corfe Mullen?

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    Happy Bottom

    It's an undisputed fact that the residents of Happy Bottom are the cheeriest folk in all of Dorset.

    Happy Bottom
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  5. 5. The opening of a 1967 film was shot at which of these locations?

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    Scratchy Bottom

    Scratchy Bottom was the location for the opening scene of "Far from the Madding Crowd", a Thomas Hardy novel adaptation.

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  6. 6. Which of these is a genuine road in Marnhull?

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    Sodom Lane

    Sadly Buggerham Drive is very much not real.

    Sodom Lane
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  7. 7. Which of these cheerfully flaccid hamlets would you find in Hazelbury Bryan?

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    Droop

    Apparently there is a village called Sag Harbor in New York, but we're pretty sure it's got nothing on Droop.

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  8. 8. If you happened to be walking through the Bride Valley north of Chesil Beach, which of these villages might you come across?

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    Puncknowle

    It's a truly sad reflection of our society that nobody's named a place Conkwhimple or Plumpertinkle yet.

    Puncknowle
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  9. 9. If you were exploring the local villages of north Dorset, which of these might you discover?

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    Ryme Intrinseca

    It sounds like some kind of ancient riddle, but the name basically just derives from the village's old Ryme manor ('Intrinseca' apparently means the 'inner bit').

    Ryme Intrinseca
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  10. 10. East Dorset is home to which of these bizarrely named villages?

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    Gussage All Saints

    We don't have the faintest clue what it means, but Gussage All Saints is certainly a name to remember.

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  11. 11. Which of these mouthfuls is a genuine village in the far West of Dorset?

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    Whitchurch Canonicorum

    Named after Saint Wite, Whitchurch Canonicorum is also home to a tiny settlement called Fishpond Bottom.

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  12. 12. Which of these landmarks would you find on the Isle of Portland?

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    Nicodemus Knob

    Nicodemus Knob is actually a large stack of rock left over from some late 19th century quarrying. Nobody's really sure why it was left, though, or how it came by its colourful name.

    Nicodemus Knob
    Via Flickr: brighton
  13. 13. Bournemouth is home to which of these local nature reserves?

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    Pug's Hole

    Pug's Hole has plenty of owls and cuckoos but – tragically – no actual pugs live there.

    Pug's Hole
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  14. 14. The end of St Oswald's Bay on the Jurassic Coast is formed by which of these?

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    Dungy Head

    Despite its unfortunate name, Dungy Head is a great spot to visit if you like an impressive view.

    Dungy Head
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